Lemon Verbena Tea: How to Make & Benefits

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Lemon verbena tea is a popular and easy-to-prepare herbal beverage that delivers a surprising number of health benefits to those who drink it.

What is Lemon Verbena Tea?

Lemon verbena tea is an herbal tea that is prepared by steeping the crushed or cut up leaves of the lemon verbena plant. Scientifically known as Aloysia citrodora,  [1]this plant has an extremely strong lemon scent when the leaves are bruised or crushed; many people feel that it is the closest aroma to an actual lemon. For this reason, this plant has been used for thousands of years, beginning in Argentina and neighboring areas in South America. Now, lemon verbena is grown around the world and being made into a tea is one of its most popular applications.

White cup of lemon verbena tea and lemon verbena leaves

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How to Make Lemon Verbena Tea?

You can make lemon verbena tea at home with either dried or fresh lemon verbena leaves. For fresh leaves, you will want about a dozen leaves or 1 tablespoon of dried lemon verbena. You may also add a lemon peel for an added flavor burst. [2]

White cup of lemon verbena tea and lemon verbena leaves

How to Make Lemon Verbena Tea: Easy Recipe

If you are someone who has a thing for herbal teas, then the lemon verbena tea is something you will thoroughly enjoy. This zestfully lemony tea not only helps you with your sleep but also aids in digestion. All you need are a few leaves, hot water, and honey and you'll be good to go! Take a look at the recipe below. 
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Lemon Verbena Tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Ishani Bose



  • To make lemon verbena tea, add the leaves to a teapot or tea infuser.
    Close-up of lemon verbena leaves on a white wooden table
  • Bring a saucepan of water to boil and then pour over the leaves.
  • Allow the leaves to steep for 5 minutes before straining the tea.
  • Serve this tea with honey or a lemon slice for more flavor. You can have it either hot or cold. If you wish to have it cold, either add ice cubes to it or refrigerate it. 
    White cup of lemon verbena tea and lemon verbena leaves

Lemon Verbena Tea Benefits

The major benefits of lemon verbena tea include reducing inflammation, aiding in weight loss and soothing respiratory problems, among others. Traditionally, this tea has also been used as a soothing sleep aid to overcome symptoms of insomnia. The low-fat, low-calorie nature of this tea, despite the many antioxidants and vitamins it contains, means that it can help to suppress hunger and aid in weight loss efforts. The aroma and the volatile compounds in this tea are able to soothe inflammation in the respiratory tracts and eliminate symptoms of sore throats and chest congestion. [3]

Lemon Verbena Tea Side Effects

Despite the many benefits of this popular tea, there are some side effects of which you should be aware of. The most common complain is hypersensitivity to sunlight, which is due to some of the active ingredients in this tea. For pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, there is a lack of research on the effects, so it is better to avoid consuming this tea unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor. [4]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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